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Auckland DHB Dermatology Service

Public Service, Dermatology



Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases.  A doctor of medicine who specialises in this is called a Dermatologist.
When you come to the Dermatology Outpatient Department you will be seen by a member of the Dermatology team who will ask questions about your illness and examine your skin to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. Further tests may be ordered.  These include but are not limited to blood tests, skin biopsy or skin scraping. A biopsy is a minor procedure using local anaesthetic to remove a small piece of the skin for examination under a microscope in the laboratory. A skin scraping is a gentle scrape removing a layer of skin from the affected area for testing.  Sometimes these tests can all be done during one clinic visit, but for some conditions the diagnosis will take several follow-up appointments.  Occasionally some tests can be arranged even before you are seen at the clinic to try to speed up the process. Once a diagnosis has been made, the medical staff will discuss treatment with you. 


Referral Expectations

If you have an urgent skin problem requiring immediate assessment you are referred urgently to the Dermatology Department where you will be seen at Greenlane Clinical Centre by the Registrar (a trainee specialist) who will decide treatment or whether you need to be admitted to Auckland City Hospital.  Investigations will be performed as required and the more senior members of the team involved where necessary.  It is best if you have somebody take you to this assessment as transport between Greenlane Clinical Centre and Auckland City Hospital may not be provided.   
If the problem is not urgent, the GP will be given advice to treat your condition or your GP will write a letter to the Dermatology Department requesting an appointment in the outpatient clinic.
Each month the Department receives more new referrals than can be seen at clinic. The Dermatology doctors working in the Department review the referral letters to determine who should be seen first, based on the information provided by the GP. Very urgent cases are usually seen within a month, and all patients are seen within four months. Routine cases are often returned to the GP with some management advice.  


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Acne

    Acne is a skin disorder that is characterised by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and, in bad cases, cysts (deeper lumps).  Acne usually starts at puberty and is in response to our body’s production of hormones, called androgens.… More

  • Bacterial Skin Infections

    Our skin is our body’s first defence mechanism and even though many types of bacteria live on its surface, we still need a healthy, intact skin surface to maintain its defense.… More

  • Eczema

    There are several different types of eczema but all have a number of common symptoms, the main feature being red, inflamed, itchy skin.  The skin can be covered with small, fluid-filled blisters that might ooze and form a scale or crust.… More

  • Fungal Skin Infections

    Bacteria and a number of types of fungi live on the surface of the skin.… More

  • Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a common, recurring (keeps coming back) skin condition that is hard to treat.… More

  • Scabies

    Scabies is a very common skin infection that is caused by a mite that burrows under the top layer of skin and lays its eggs.  The eggs hatch in a few days.  The skin then becomes very itchy and a red, raised rash may appear.  Itching is worse at night… More

  • Skin Cancer

    New Zealand has a very high rate of skin cancer, when compared to other countries.… More PDF

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery

    Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer.… More

  • Patch Testing and Contact Dermatitis

    The Dermatology Service at Greenlane Clinical Centre provides a patch testing service.  Dermatologists apply patch tests to patients with dermatitis to find out whether their condition might be caused or aggravated by a contact allergy.  Many substances are able to be patch tested.  Nearly every patient has a standard series… More

  • Wound Care Following a Dermatology Procedure using Local Anaesthetic

    It is important to follow the instructions the nurse has discussed with you and read the written information for wound care following skin surgery using local anaesthetic. If you have been instructed to leave all dressing in place, then DO NOT remove any dressings and do not get the dressings… More

  • Phototherapy Treatment with UVA

    Ultraviolet radiation (UV) provided by artificial light has been used with good results for a long time.… More

  • Phototherapy Treatment with UVB

    Ultraviolet radiation (UV) provided by artificial light has been used with good results for a long time.… More

  • Photodynamic Therapy with Metvix PDT

    Click here for information on Photodynamic Therapy with Metvix PDT. More PDF

Contact Details

Greenlane Clinical Centre

Central Auckland

Outpatient appointments and procedure booking enquiries:
(09) 630 9943 ext 26459
GP Help Desk:
(09) 307 2800

214 Green Lane West
One Tree Hill
Auckland 1051

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Street Address

214 Green Lane West
One Tree Hill
Auckland 1051

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 189
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 10:13AM on February 21, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Dermatology Service.